Iraq's Fallujah falls to Qaeda-linked fighters

Iraqi authorities have lost control of Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a senior security official said on Saturday. The city west of Baghdad has seen fighting in recent days sparked the dismantlement of an anti-government camp. Duration: 00:55 Jan 5, 2014

Clean-up begins after cyclone skims France's Reunion island

The clean-up began Saturday after one person was killed and 15 others are injured after a cyclone brushed the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Victorin Lurel, Minister of Overseas France, flew in to oversee the operation. Duration: 01:02 Jan 4, 2014

Bangladesh hit by strike on eve of election

Tensions continue in Bangladesh as the opposition imposes a nationwide strike on the eve of elections and as its leader remains confined in her home. Duration: 02:33 Jan 4, 2014

AK Ganguly quits NUJS, Politicos urge Ganguly to follow course of law

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday urged former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly, accused of sexually assaulting a law intern to comply with due course of law and prove his innocence which he is vouching for. On Friday, Ganguly sent a copy of his resignation letter to the Vice-Chancellor of National University of Juridicial Sciences (NUJS), after some members of the college faculty expressed their reservation about his continuation. CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim commenting on the issue said the former judge must be a scapegoat of vilification by those who he had affected during his tenure. Jan 4, 2014

ISRO begins countdown for launch of GSLV-D5

Sriharikota, Jan 04 (ANI): The countdown began for the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5) on Saturday, as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made last minute preparations for the launch mission from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. After facing numerous setbacks, ISRO would finally launch the GSLV-D5 on Sunday evening. After ISRO’s successful launch of its first rocket to Mars, all eyes are now glued on the space body to see whether the GSLV, powered by its own crucial cryogenic engine, would be successful or not. Jan 4, 2014

Singers attend launch of Rupa Raman's devotional music album

Mumbai, Jan 04 (ANI): Bollywood singers attended the launch of a devotional, spiritual music album with songs dedicated to Lord Krishna in Mumbai. Singer-Composer Rupa Raman has composed the album. Singer Hariharan who launched the music album said that the songs have been beautifully composed and are soothing to the ear. Raman has composed over 200 classical albums and her latest offering is inspired by the teachings of Lord Krishna. Raman generated some funds for her album through Wishberry, a portal that helps generate funding for young talent. Jan 4, 2014

PM's press conference to give Rahul safe passage: Shahnawaz Hussain

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave an annual speech about all the works done by Congress during its tenure, BJP Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that the press conference was to give Rahul Gandhi a safe passage. He said that PM acknowledges that Congress failed to work efficiently and thereby he validated all the blames put by opposition on the ruling Congress. Jan 4, 2014

Cold wave intensifies in north India

New Delhi/ Bareilly, Jan 04 (ANI): The teeth chattering cold disrupted normal life as temperatures plummeted and dense fog resulted in poor visibility on Saturday in North India. Biting cold and icy winds have magnified the agony of people living on the streets, as most of them gathered around bonfires to fight the chill. A resident of Bareilly, Saradha, said that with bone chilling cold hitting the northern region, there is no respite for people who somehow try to keep themselves warm, besides wearing multiple layers of clothing. Jan 4, 2014

AAP to contest most Lok Sabha seats in 2014

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Saturday that it will contest most seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said that the party will fight the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha polls in maximum number of states. Jan 4, 2014

Anger in Cuba as imported cars go on sale at huge prices

Cubans hoping to snap up imported cars after the relaxation of restrictions dating back 50 years had a shock when they faced sky high prices. The communist regime said last month it would ease its ban on automobile imports. Duration: 00:54 Jan 4, 2014

Young voters look for impartiality in candidates as polls near in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 04 (ANI): Rejecting calls for boycotting the upcoming polls, Bangladesh's youth said that they would vote for representatives, who believe in equality and are against war criminals. Elections will be held from January 05. Undeterred by the violence that gripped the country since the announcement of the polls date, new voters said that they would step out of their houses to cast their franchise for the representatives, who would address the problems of common people. Another student, Apu Placid Modhu, said that he would vote for the party who would act against the war criminals. Jan 4, 2014

AAP Leader Rakhi Birla inspects night shelters

New Delhi, Jan 04 (ANI): Delhi's new Women and Child Social Welfare Minister, Rakhi Birla, one of the youngest cabinet ministers, took a surprise inspection of the night shelters in the city to check the plight of the shivering poor. During the inspections, officials have been summoned to explain the situation and offer solutions. Meanwhile, night shelter dweller, Dinesh, complained of poor facilities and lack of hygiene and cleanliness. Jan 4, 2014